Where's Simon?

Join LSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle and musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra for our new online concert, suitable for families and carers with children aged 5+

Part 1: The Concert

Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra have been adjusting to life at home, but they have missed playing together. Simon was supposed to have been attending the wedding of his old friend Figaro but sadly couldn't travel there. The LSO players suggested doing a special online concert for him and Simon agreed to conduct!

The time arrives for online sectional rehearsals and all the players gather online but... Where's Simon?

The players can't rehearse without Simon so, instead of sitting around waiting, they introduce their instruments: we'll find out how they work, why each LSO player thinks their instrument is the best, and how they sound individually as well as within the various instrument families.

Once you've enjoyed the Where's Simon? concert above, test out what you have learnt by trying out our quiz below and explore some listening recommendations directly from the LSO players.

Part 2 now available!
Play with the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle. Scroll down to find out how...

Suggested for families and carers with children aged 5+.

The Quiz

Tackle the quiz below of 20 questions covering all the different orchestral sections you have just heard.

Top tip: You can complete the quiz as many times as you like and if you’re not sure of an answer, just go back to the Where’s Simon? film for some help from the LSO musicians.

Take the Quiz

Listening Recommendations

Inspired to listen to some more music? The players that you saw in the concert have shared some of their favourite and most inspiring pieces...

View the Musicians' Listening Recommendations


Part 2: Now it's your turn!

We found Simon! Did you enjoy watching the LSO play Mozart from their own homes in Where's Simon? Well now it's your turn.

Watch as Sir Simon Rattle explains what to do, download a part for your instrument from below and then play the overture from The Marriage of Figaro along with Simon and the LSO. We want to see your videos! Upload them to your own Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ifoundsimon*. Good luck!

*If you are under 18, please make sure you have consent from your parent/guardian before posting your video online

Player Parts

Download the part for your instrument from below to play along with Simon and LSO in Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro. Follow Simon's conducting on the video (two bars for nothing!) and have a couple of practice runs. Once you're confident, we'd love to see you playing! Film yourself and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ifoundsimon*.

Except for the open strings part, the parts are roughly grade 4 and above standard.

Full Score

Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Open Strings: for beginners

Flute

Oboe

Clarinet in Bb

Clarinet in A

Bassoon

Horn in F 

Trumpet in Bb

Trombone

Tuba

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*If you are under 18, please make sure you have consent from your parent/guardian before posting your video online

Where's Simon? credits:

Copyright © 2020
Created and written by Gareth Davies
Directed by Victor Craven and Gareth Davies
Animation, editing and design by Victor Craven